A microdermabrasion treatment can be done to decrease the appearance of uneven pigmentation, superficial scarring, photo-damage, diminish fine lines, and shallow acne scars which help to even out the texture of your skin. It has become a popular method for facial rejuvenation. In 2010, it was one of the top 5 nonsurgical procedures for men and women according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
This procedure lightly resurfaces the epidermis (top layer of the skin) by simultaneously spraying crystals and using suction to exfoliate. This procedure increases circulation and provides a stimulating massage. The degree of exfoliation depends upon the level of crystal spray, degree of suction, the number and speed of passes over the skin, besides the number of treatments performed. The degree of suction can be adjusted to your comfort level but the higher the degree, the higher the degree of exfoliation. The more treatments you receive, the more comfortable you will become with the pressure.
A single treatment can remove 20 – 30% of the epidermis (top layer of the skin).
By damaging the upper layer of skin, this aggressive treatment shocks the skin’s regenerative process into overdrive, causing the cells in the dermal layer to rapidly replace the damaged layer by growing new cells. Consecutive treatments are given every seven to 10 days.
After treatment areas may feel warm and may appear sunburned. By day 2 my skin may feel tighter and more sensitive. Sunscreen is recommended on a daily basis immediately after treatment. Since your skin is regenerating new skin cells, it will be sensitive to sunlight. Pigmentation may occur if exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time.
Microdermabrasion is also beneficial when receiving facial laser treatments. Stimulating new skin cells helps turn over the dead skin cells from the laser treatment, increasing its results.
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